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Prospect Watch: Addison reflects on golden opportunity

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Calen Addison, Dylan Cozens. -- LETHBRIDGE HURRICANES / TWITTER

Penguins defense prospect Calen Addison returned to Lethbridge this week after winning gold with Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

After winning gold, Addison took a few days to spend some time with family and visit his former elementary school to celebrate the win.

Addison (and Sabres prospect Dylan Cozens) met with the Lethbridge media after returning to reflect on their experiences, as seen in this video from Bridge City News:

"Being on that big power play unit was obviously a huge opportunity for me," Addison said. "I was looked upon to play good defense, too. I think I stepped up my two-way game for that tournament, and we made teams pay on the power play for sure. It's a lot of opportunity, but at the same time there's a lot of pressure and you want to do good for your whole country. I think we did a good job of that."

Addison's always had good offensive production. He had 65 points in 67 games last season, and 65 points in 68 games as a rookie. He's on a similar pace this season, with 29 points in 31 games. His defensive game is the area of his game that needs more work, and it's good to hear that he thinks he's made strides in that area this season.

Here’s how the rest of the Penguins’ prospects in juniors, college, and Europe did this week:

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FORWARDS

Judd Caulfield
Position: Forward
Size: 6-4/207
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, fifth round
Team: North Dakota (NCAA)
Season totals: 
17 games, 2 goals, 5 assists

Caulfield was scoreless in one game this week.

Liam Gorman
Position: Center
Size: 6-3/196
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2018, sixth round
Team: Princeton (NCAA)
Season totals: 
19 games, 3 assists

Gorman was scoreless in two games this week.

Filip Hallander
Position: Center/Wing
Size: 6-1/190
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2018, second round
Team: Lulea HF (SHL)
Season totals: 
7 games, 1 goal, 3 assists

Hallander played in two games this week, and scored his first goal of the season:

Nathan Legare
Position: Right wing
Size: 6-0/205
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, third round
Team: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
Season totals: 
39 games, 21 goals, 22 assists

Legare played in three games this week, and scored two goals and an assist.

Legare was named captain of the Drakkar this week. He spoke (in English!) about the honor here:

Linus Olund
Position: Center
Size: 5-11/183
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2017, fifth round
Team: Brynas IF (SHL)
Season totals: 
29 games, 1 goal, 6 assists

Olund added one assist in two games this week.

Brynas mic'd Olund up for a practice, so if you speak Swedish, enjoy:

Nikita Pavlychev
Position: Center
Size: 6-8/225
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2015, seventh round
Team: Penn State (NCAA)
Season totals: 
15 games, 4 goal, 6 assists

Pavlychev was scoreless in one game this week.

Samuel Poulin
Position: Wing
Size: 6-1/207
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2019, first round
Team: Sherbrooke Phoenix (QMJHL)
Season totals: 
28 games, 17 goals, 22 assists

Poulin returned to Sherbrooke’s lineup this week for the first time since Nov. 30. He scored one goal and one assist in three games since his return.

Valtteri Puustinen
Position: Wing
Size: 5-9/183
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, seventh round
Team: HPK (Liiga)
Season totals: 
34 games, 13 goals, 17 assists

Puustinen is injured and last played on Jan. 4.

DEFENSEMEN

Calen Addison
Size: 
5-10/180
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2018, second round
Team: Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Season totals: 
31 games, 7 goals, 22 assists

Addison hasn't played with the Hurricanes yet since winning gold.

Santeri Airola
Size: 5-11/165
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2019, seventh round
Team: SaiPa (Liiga), Kettera (Mestis)
Season totals: 
2 games with SaiPa; 18 games, 6 assists with Kettera

Airola was scoreless in one game with Kettera this week.

Ryan Jones
Size: 
6-2/186
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2016, fourth round
Team: Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA)
Season totals: 
22 games, 2 goals, 6 assists

Jones recorded one assist in two games this week.

Antti Palojarvi
Size: 
6-1/172
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2017, sixth round
Team: Lukko (Liiga), Lukko U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga), Hokki (Mestis)
Season totals: 
5 games with Lukko; 14 games, 3 assists with Lukko U20; 10 games with Hokki

Palojarvi did not play this week and is sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

Clayton Phillips
Size: 5-11/183
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2017, third round
Team: Penn State (NCAA)
Season totals: 
22 games, 2 goal, 7 assists

Phillips recorded one assist in one game this week.

William Reilly
Size: 
6-2/196
Drafted: 2017, seventh round
Team: Rensselaer Polytech (NCAA)
Season totals: 
21 games, 7 goal, 8 assists

Reilly played in two games this week, scoring one goal and two assists.

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